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EVERY DAY

Mani S. Irani

 
From his chair in the main hall at Guruprasad, Baba could see directly into the garden. One morning, he pointed out that every day the gardener put water into the fountain for the birds to bathe. Yes, every day the gardener put water in the fountain for the birds, and he didn't forget!

"Yes," said the mandali members who were there, "yes, Baba."

After a while Baba mentioned a second time that every day the gardener remembered to put water in the fountain for the birds to bathe. "Yes, Baba — oh, yes!"

A little while later Baba once more drew attention to the fact that every day the birds bathed in the water which the gardener remembered to put into the fountain for them.

"Yes, yes, Baba!" said the mandali, until at last it occurred to one of them to investigate, and sure enough this day the gardener had forgotten and the fountain was dry.

The fountain was replenished, and the birds began to bathe, but Baba's gentle persistence had alerted and awakened all to the significance of this day in the matter of every day.

HOW A MASTER WORKS, pp. 551-552, Ivy Oneita Duce
1975 © Sufism Reoriented, Inc.

               

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